Monday, February 8, 2021

Dead Broke (Agatha's Amish B&B #2) by Vannetta Chapman [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: 
Reading one of Vannetta Chapman's books is always a pleasure. She portrays the Amish as real people, living real lives, and who stay true to their faith. 

In this story the author revisits a favorite character, Henry, "the Bishop," who was the focus of a series. I loved that series and really wanted to hear more about Henry and his special gift. I was not disappointed even though he was not the main character of this book.

On the whole, the characters each had their individual roles to play but none stood out to me as being truly primary.  Not having read book one in this series, I didn't already know Agatha who is the owner of the Bed & Breakfast which the story seems centered around.

The story starts off with a bang that is heard from the locale of the Bed and Breakfast and Henry (remember, he's the Bishop) and his wife plus Agatha (remember she owns the Bed and Breakfast) with Tony, who is a close non-Amish friend of Agatha's set off to see the source of the gunshot "bang."

From there we meet other characters who seem minor players, but who surprise us in the end. The mystery gets solved. We see more of Henry's gift. We see the gentle involvement of the Amish in sordid mysterious events. And we see the grace with which the Amish approach the hard facts.

Again, Vannetta Chapman doesn't disappoint but entertains the reader with good, clean fun sprinkled with goodness and grace.

About the book: Why would someone kill Nathan King?

The peace of a perfect November afternoon is shattered when Agatha hears the frantic bleating of goats across the river from her B&B. Agatha kayaks over with retired detective Tony and two guests--Bishop Henry and his wife Emma. They find the goats huddled together in a terrified group and Nathan lying face up beneath the Live Oak trees, lifeless eyes staring at the Texas sky.

Then one of Agatha’s guests goes missing. She delves into Joey’s past and learns he was Dead Broke, so what was he doing vacationing at her B&B? And why was he pretending to be Amish when in fact his permanent address was Dallas, Texas? Most importantly, did Joey have anything to do with Nathan’s death? Agatha and Tony are at a dead end before the investigation has properly begun, but this time they receive help from unexpected places. Bishop Henry has a gift, and he’s no longer afraid to use it, even if doing so may put them all in danger as they work together to catch a killer.

Dead Broke is a story about family secrets, rare gifts, and the joy of unexpected friendships.

Begins February 8
Ends March 6 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy of provided and shipped directly to the winner by the author.

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